Basho’s Regret

Basho’s 27th poem can be interpreted in 2 ways. I wonder what he really meant? I wonder if it’s hard to tell exactly which words he meant to use, as haiku are supposed to have 2 or more meanings to them. Leave me your thoughts below.

flower buds
it’s my regret I can’t open
my bag of poems
flower buds
sadly spring winds cannot open
a poem bag



Day 28 NaHaiWriMo 2018

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buying another
silver necklace for me
dew in morning light


Today’s prompt was “button jewelry” and we found out today that the prompts came from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book “14,000 Things to Be Happy About”. I liked that he picked a happy book. 

Well, today is the last day of 2018’s National Haiku Writing Month. How do you think I did? I will probably go back to sharing haiku only on Mondays now. I will try to share some of my longer poetry next week. Be sure to check back on Tuesday!

How did you do? Link to your blog below if you posted your haiku to your blog.

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They Bled Me for Words

dried up tree,dry pond,empty pond,cleaning a pond,dry fishery,

They bled me for words
not knowing I was all used up
Like the woman at the well standing
next to everlasting water
but feeling dry as
dead bones in the desert
I thought my well had gone dry
then I heard a splash



I wrote this for a #WrittenRiver prompt. There is always hope. There is always something to write about. Pick a different form, pick a different medium. There is water in the desert, one just has to know where to look. Are you making a new year’s resolution that has to do with writing? Tell me about it in the comments.

Day 27 NaHaiWriMo 2017

buddha statue

a prompt to meditate

I don’t buy him


Today’s prompt was “buddha” and  I found out that the prompts come from a quote! Michael Dylan Welch used a quote from R. H. Blyth for inspiration: “Haiku is a hand beckoning, a door half-opened, a mirror wiped clean. It is a way of returning to nature, to our moon nature, our cherry blossom nature, our falling leaf nature, in short, to our Buddha nature.” That’s why a few of the prompts have been repeated. This is one of Welch’s favourite quotations from Blyth about haiku. Learn more on the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page.

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Symanntha Renn

A quote about Happening.

People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. -Leonardo Da Vinci

I really like this quote. I hope it inspires you to do something with your weekend.



Midsummer Tears


Midsummer Tears

Don’t tell me
When I can have
My mid life crisis

I’ll have a break down
Mid summer
In my mid twenties

I’ll buy red lip stick
Cry until my eye shadow
Runs down my cheek

June 22, 2015

Did you know that a quarterlife crisis is a thing? It happens to people.
This lovely little poem was inspired by a #ShapePoetry prompt on Twitter. I wish I could write for more of their prompts. I love concrete poetry! I just feel so rushed and so drained that I haven’t produced much for a while. NaHaiWriMo in February always refreshes me, maybe Christmas will inspire me when we get closer to it.

Until my feet are on the ground.

Trying to Decide

Like a halogen balloon

That dances up and down

From ceiling to floor

Unable to decide

Whether it will live or die

I waver

How many times will I check

Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Looking for inspiration

When the fat on my stomach

Should be enough

How many half-finished poems

Do I need to read through

Before I finish one

How many colorful words

Need stuck to the fridge

Before I believe I’m pretty

Sitting on a wire fence

Is not comfortable

I need to pick a side

I will make no progress

Until my feet are on the ground



What decision do you need to make today?

My Best Ideas

yellow leaves, fall leaves, leaves on road

My Best Ideas

Why do my best ideas

come when I am in the shower,

and disappear with the steam

as I set foot onto carpet?

Why do they rarely come

when pen is in hand?

They float past my face

and twirl away like an autumn leaf.

I run my fingers

across the notebook paper,

but inspiration doesn’t come.

It comes while I am:

mowing the yard and can’t stop,

while I am driving somewhere

or when I am at someone’s home,

and writing would be rude.

Why don’t the ideas stay

in my hands and fingers?

Why do they slip away

like a doe across a field?



I carry a pen and some sort of paper with me wherever I go. And if I don’t have that, then I take my cell phone so I can write my poem in a text and save it to drafts. I have also texted my brother and my husband so I will have a copy of whatever poem I just wrote in my head.

What do you do to keep your ideas from slipping away?

While the ink is pouring out of the pen.

maple tree in the fall, autumn leaves, yellow leaves

Secrets of the Forest

While the ink is pouring out of the pen
I will write.
I will write while the river of
inspiration babbles in my ear.
As long as the fairies will whisper
the secrets of the forest
I will write them down.
because tomorrow’s dawn
might bring a wildfire
and sweep away the beauty
before I have time to
make a monument to it.
I will scribble and try to immortalize
the thing that caught my eye,
because even fairies die.
Then who will tell you
the secrets of the forest?


Do you try to write when the mood hits you?

Where My Muse Walks

tree line, sun setting, tree branches, dusk
   My Muse

there’s a tingling in my fingers
my muse makes my fingers itch
they search for a pen before
I realize they’re even moving
words appear and spill out
blood, bile and vomit
on the page of my notebook
when I thought I was growing
daisies and roses
ghosts hover and wolves howl
I wanted hopping bunnies
but the wolf ate the bunny
and blood runs like a stream
down the path my feet are treading

Does your muse ever wander off into the forest?
Do you ever finish a poem and go – “Wait! That’s not what I was going to write!”

I have linked this post to Open Link Night at dVerse check out the other poems and poets here.

Day 22 – 30 Day Photography Challenge

Day 22 is Inspirational

I find nature and the way plants grow very inspirational.

Take this little pink flower. It is fighting it out, and making it, in this pot. It is not full grown, and life is not easy, yet it still retains its beauty.

pink flower, potted flowers


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30 Day Photography Challenge

I have decided to do another 30 Day Challenge. For those of you who weren’t following me when I did the ’30 Days About Me’ just look in the Challenge Category. That challenge was about inspiration and getting to know me.

The next challenge I would like to try would be one where I take one photo every day for 30 days. I have a list that I have made by putting two lists, that I found on the internet, together. I took out ‘Self Portrait’ because that is easy to do, so is ‘something green’ and flowers. If you own a camera I guarantee you have a picture of flowers. I am too shy to take a picture of strangers and I don’t know if I can time it right to get a ‘celebration’ photo. But I will be doing a ‘Faceless Self Portrait’ ‘Bokeh’ and a photo with a ‘Sun Flare’.

These posts will not consist of many words, in fact some may have no words at all. I will make the photos ‘large’ so that they are easy to see. If you miss a day, just click on the category “Challenge” or the tag ‘photo challenge’ and you should be taken to all of the photos in this series. If you want to make sure you do not miss a day, sign up to get my posts in your inbox. I do not have the slightest clue how to sell your email address, in fact I consider it magic if my posts show up in your inbox!

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